The 2012 Queenstown Chess Classic is a 9-round international
tournament, open to players - of any playing strength - from both New Zealand
and abroad. Everyone is welcome.
The tournament is the inspiration of New Zealand chess
Grandmaster Murray Chandler, and is overseen by a team of volunteer organizers
from New Zealand and Australia. Following two successful previous events - in
2006 and 2009 - Queenstown has truly become established as the "perfect
tournament in the perfect location."
Queenstown is famous for being New Zealand's "adventure
capital", and is situated in the remote Southern Lakes district of the South
Island, one of the most stunningly beautiful regions in the world. The 2012
Queenstown Chess Classic will be FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated, and the
presence of several foreign masters and grandmasters will give opportunities
for players to achieve title norms.
The relaxed schedule of one game per day (and all rounds
starting 3 pm) allows ample time for sight-seeing. Some overseas enthusiasts
will surely combine the tournament with a holiday of a lifetime.
In cooperation with the New Zealand Chess Federation (NZCF),
the Queenstown Chess Classic will also incorporate the official 119th New
Zealand Chess Championships. An added incentive for New Zealand players is that
this event has two automatic Olympiad team qualification places on offer - one
spot each for both the Open and the Women's team.
As well as a number of international strength players from
Europe, many top Australian players are expected to participate in the
Queenstown Classic. Tournament Arbiters: Bob Gibbons (Chief Arbiter), Craig
Hall, Shaun Press, Keong Ang.